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SECHELT February 15 | GIBSONS March 2 SCFS AGM after the film in Gibsons

Finding Vivian Maier

USA, 2013, 84min, documentary.
Directors: Charles Siskel, John Maloof

Photo in a still from 'Finding Vivian Maier'

"The movie does nearly everything right in its chosen, compact, 83-minute form." Chicago Tribune

While searching for old pictures to use in a history book of his neighbourhood in Chicago, amateur historian John Maloof bids on and wins a box full of old negatives offered by a local auction house.

Finding himself the owner of a huge archive of street photography by a brilliant, undiscovered talent, Vivian Maier, he embarks on a quest to discover more about her and to try to boost her reputation in the process.

In doing so the question of privacy arises. People who knew Maier have commented that she would have very much loathed being pulled into the spotlight after a lifetime of anonymity.

Working as a nanny, housekeeper and caretaker with various well- to -do families Maier still managed to take hundreds of thousands of pictures with her box camera perpetually carried around her neck.

Described by her charges as aloof, sometimes harsh and eccentric, Maier was secretive, stubborn, a hoarder of epic proportions who seemed to have fits of instability.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

Photo by Vivian Maier

SCFS AGM AFTER the film in Gibsons



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Vivian Maier: mysterious and eccentric nanny who took stunning photographs. Review in The Guardian by Mark Brown, July, 2014.

The Heir’s Not Apparent: A Legal Battle Over Vivian Maier’s Work. Article by Randy Kennedy, in The New York Times, September 2014.


Winner: International Documentary Association, Creative Recognition Award for Best Writing. 2014.

Winner: VIFF Roger's People's Choice Award - International Films, 2013.


"Finding Vivian Maier"


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